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View of the roller coaster at Venice looking east from the Pacific Electric Station, ca.1920 :: California Historical Society Collection, 1860-1960

View of the roller coaster at Venice looking east from the Pacific Electric Station, ca.1920 :: California Historical Society Collection, 1860-1960

Once upon a time, the first roller coaster ever built on the West Coast reached toward the sky in the city of Venice, California. The ride was called Race Thru The Clouds and when it opened on July 4, 1911, even with only half of its cars on line over 25,000 people rode it in one day.

Once upon a time, the first roller coaster ever built on the West Coast reached toward the sky in the city of Venice, California. The ride was called Race Thru The Clouds and when it opened on July 4, 1911, even with only half of its cars on line over 25,000 people rode it in one day.

Sylmar Quake. San Fernando Valley - February 9, 1971. Lived in Sylmar then  remember this all too well.

Sylmar Quake. San Fernando Valley - February 9, 1971. Lived in Sylmar then remember this all too well.

(1926)##++ – View showing steel framing for the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Photo: Marc Wanamaker

(1926)##++ – View showing steel framing for the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Photo: Marc Wanamaker

Grauman’s Chinese Theater on Hollywood Boulevard during the movie premier of Hell's Angels.  Vintage Los Angeles photo.

Grauman’s Chinese Theater on Hollywood Boulevard during the movie premier of Hell's Angels. Vintage Los Angeles photo.

Earthquake damage at an apartment house in Sherman Oaks, Calif. after the Northridge earthquake of January 17, 1994. San Fernando Valley History Digital Library.

Earthquake damage at an apartment house in Sherman Oaks, Calif. after the Northridge earthquake of January 17, 1994. San Fernando Valley History Digital Library.

"Bunker Hill from Clay Street between 2nd and 3rd Streets, looking west," Palmer Connor, photographer. From the Palmer Connor Collection of Color Slides of Los Angeles. Courtesy of The Huntington Library, San Marino, CA.

"Bunker Hill from Clay Street between 2nd and 3rd Streets, looking west," Palmer Connor, photographer. From the Palmer Connor Collection of Color Slides of Los Angeles. Courtesy of The Huntington Library, San Marino, CA.

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